Sunday 1 October 2017, 2pm
Please note that this is a matinee performance – doors will open at 2pm and the show will start shortly after.
Eloïse Decazes has been haunting the ruins of French chanson for a few years now, notably with the group Arlt. Elsewhere she can be heard miniaturizing Luciano Berio’s Folksongs in the company of Delphine Dora, or improvising hymns to the Titanic on cassette with Le Ton Mité. Her mysterious timbre is immediately recognizable, as warm as it is cold, her deceptively serene articulation, and her way of warping durations by singing the shadows of notes in lieu of the notes themselves.
Eric Chenaux - a virtuoso guitarist - is known for having decided one day to cease taking his chosen instrument seriously, preferring to treat it as a bastard utensil by making it sound at the same time like an organ, a viola da gamba, an electric fishing rod and a handgun fired underwater. The worst part is that the result is quite beautiful. Apart from this, he's a mad theorist and an admirable singer. For evidence, see his albums released on the Constellation label, which - with their minimal syncretism, their groove and their speculation considered as eroticism - evoke a sort of Arthur Russell cross stitched with Marvin Gaye. He is also an improvisor of the first order, destroyer of all clichés associated with the genre by dint of humor and paradox.
This matinee performance is par of their first ever UK tour together and they will be joined by Le fruit vert (aka Marie-Douce St-Jacques & Andrea-Jane Cornell).